1 - Clear... pine needles, dead leaves and other dry/dead fuels from the deck, roof, gutters, and fence line. Falling embers will have nothing to burn.
2 - Screen & Seal... vents and other openings into your home’s attic and crawlspace. Wind-borne embers enter the home through these openings and burn it from the inside out.
3 - Store Away... outdoor furniture, potted plants, and other outdoor decorations. These items catch embers and help ignite your home.
4 - Rake... landscaping mulch at least 5 feet away from your house, deck, or fencing. Mulch is a great place for embers to fall into and ultimately ignite.
5 - Trim... branches, trees, and shrubs away from the house, roof, and other attachments at least 5 feet.
6 - Remove... anything from around your house that could burn – woodpiles, spare lumber, vehicles, and boats. These are a potential fuel source.
7 - Close,... if you’re ordered to evacuate, all windows, doors, skylights, pet doors, and other openings into your home. Many homes are destroyed because embers enter the house through forgotten openings.